Though the run wasn't nearly as good as the next year's Meadowlands run, the last two shows (this one and the next night) were comparable. After a short-ish First Set, they come back for a 1:45 Second Set that's one of the best of the tour.
First Set. The first three songs are a complete turnaround from the previous nights, the only dip being in Far From Me
and a mediocre Row Jimmy
. After a "We Want Phil", the crowd instead gets an arena-sized Victim
. Jer didn't always find his place in this one - one of Bobby's blocky-prog stitch-ups that had little room for everyone else. After it's '88 premier it had been revamped and made dramatic, meeting on thunderous beats. It was very powerful in person by this point; venue-shaking, particularly if they nailed it. The segue is likewise powerful into a top Standing on the Moon
(only today I realized the similarities with Someone Saved My Life Tonight). Bobby teases a Let it Grow, which would be typical right here, but apparently Jer left the stage, wanting to leave 'em on a high for intermission.
Second Set. It's not usually the drummers that false-start. The set starts average until the hot Estimated
. Give Bobby the reins, this tour, and he sends everybody off. Eyes
starts with crazy shoes-in-dryer but soon congeals. The SBD patches Drums>Space from the Bama Bob AUD - the latter is great. Stella Blue
is pretty good too; the solo is like a brief freefall. After a typical Throwin' Stones, Not Fade Away
is juiced. They come back to play the NFA chant and, drummers being drummers, they have some fun leading the crowd, with Brent refraining a Hey! Bo Diddley
. Phil's great on Box
and the band is tight, excepting some out-of-tune Bobby.
Overall = 3 stars
Victim or the Crime - something of a definitive version
Standing on the Moon - almost never as good
Estimated Prophet - Bobby shoulders
Space - good example from the start of the era of great ones
11th 1½ stars [D+, D]
12th 1¼ stars [D-, D+]
14th 2 stars [C+, D]
16th 3½ stars [B+, C]
SOURCES: The miller.83298
has the complete show in best quality, with AUD patches (the apparent digi-static is actually on the SBD source and can be attenuated, if not removed). Victim or the Crime is on Without a Net